The Match Report
Keep up to date with Pascoe Vale Football Club's seniors, and the results from all matches, with a weekly review straight from the coach.
On another horrid winter’s day which may have reached 7 degrees if we were lucky. We saw rain, hail, sunshine and a tough and uncompromising contest. We knew Glenroy would come out firing after beating Strathmore in very similar conditions 2 weeks prior. We knew that contested ball and centre clearances would be pivotal in controlling the game and hoped our midfield would give us first crack at putting their defence under pressure.
The plan was simple; return to our pressure game, heat the ball carrier, locate quickly and spread the ball. All key principles in what has made us a competitive and tough team to score against.
From the bounce we saw a different mindset than last week which allowed us the control the contest early and get an early lead. Although at quarter time we were only up by a point, the coaching group was happy with the intent. The coaching group was not impressed with our execution of some of our groups pre planning and the lack of communication on the ground around this. We must continue to strive to get better at executing our plans.
We spoke as a group during the week about how important this game was to Strathmore and how it could heavily influence our and their year. We spent time talking about the way Strathmore move the ball and the requirement to locate and pressure the ball kicker. Going into the game we thought the boys were ready for the game and up to the challenge of executing the plan.
In another week where the game was going to be played in one half, we came in with a concrete plan to play in two ways. The wind was howling down the ground towards the city end and was worth around 6 goals.
In very trying conditions which saw the reserves come off the ground due to hail, the boys worked hard to gain the win. The ground was very muddy and slippery due to the heavy downpours during the week and the wind was strong to the Cooper st end.
On a perfect winter’s day, we made 4 changes to our last start victory against Airport West. Bringing in Mellington, Boyd, Ross, Economou which gave us good confidence in what was a must win game. With our three loses coming against the sides above us on the ladder, we needed to change this equation to push for finals footy.
With Airport West registering its first win of the year and a very solid win by 82 points against Avondale heights , we knew we needed to bring our A game to the table, especially early on. We knew that with time and space, Airport West can move the ball quickly and score so an emphasis was put on pressuring the player with the ball and giving them no time and space when kicking the ball.
After a week of education around the learning from our draw against Glenroy the boys were keen to atone against Avondale heights. Avondale were coming off an excellent win against Doutta Stars where they played an aggressive, one on one style which allowed them to outnumber the opposition at the ball. We were prepared for a tough and long day.
In reflecting on the game, a frustrating game but one which will provide a huge learning curve for the group. The coaching group can see that the key fundamentals of our game plan and game style are being executed well for most parts of the game. It is the smaller aspects of the game which we still need to work on. Ultimately in games, both teams have the control for periods of time and it’s the team that can best capitalise on their time that will win the game. Glenroy definitely did this on the weekend and to their credit they hung in there better than we did, when we had control.